Conference: Poverty and Welfare in Ireland

Belfast workhouse

The Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, presents the "Poverty and Welfare in Ireland c. 1833-1948," June 26-27, 2009. This conference will bring together a number of scholars currently researching different aspects of the history of welfare and poverty in modern Ireland, to exchange research findings and discuss agendas for future research. Plenary speakers include Larry Geary (University College Cork) on medical relief and the poor law in the 19th century, and Peter Higgenbotham, on his project to identify and record the sites and physical remnants of all 163 Irish workhouses. This conference is sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Royal Historical Society, and hosted by Queen's University Belfast and Oxford Brookes University. For more information, contact Olwen Purdue or Peter Gray (

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